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English Language Proficiency Assessment

An English Language Proficiency Assessment measures the proficiency of English Language Learners (ELLs) in four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All ELLs, grades K-12, must be assessed annually regardless of whether a district receives any Title III or Kansas ESOL-Bilingual funds and regardless of whether or not the student receives specific ESOL services.

2016 ELPA21

A new assessment will be based on the Kansas College and Career Ready Standard for English Language Proficiency adopted in December 2013. For the purpose of assessment development, KSDE is participating in a consortium of 11 states, English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).
Field Test Registration "Walkthrough"Study this guide to the Field Test registration process before going to the online form.
ELPA21About the consortium and ELPA21's innovative approach to assessing ELLs
ELPA21 Field Test InvitationELPA21 announces the Field Test registration process, and also recruits a few districts for a Platform and System Trial.
Field Test Parent LetterParent notification letter template in English and Spanish.

2015 Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment

The testing window lasts from early February to the end of April. Districts identify students being tested using the Kansas Individual Data on Students (KIDS) system by uploading a KELPA TEST request. It has not been determined which test will be used. Information will be posted here, on the Assessment Coordinators listserv, and on the ESOL listserv as soon as an assessment is approved.
Materials and Instructions MemoExplains this year's KELPA/KELPA-P materials distribution, preparation, administration, and reporting process, updated 2/17/15.
KELPA/KELPA-P UpdateWebinar recorded 10/2/2014 highlights similarities and differences between using KELPA and KELPA-P for the summative statewide proficiency test for English Language Learners. Webinar about the reporting procedures will be presented January 20, 2015.
KELPA-P for KELPAThis set of slides about requirements, format, procedures, testing window, and reporting responsibilities for the 2015 ELP assessment were used for the update webinar, 10/2/14.
Reporting System User GuideThis document gives step-by-step instructions for reporting assessment results of the KELPA/KELPA-P using a KSDE authenticated Web application. Reporting deadline is June 1, 2015.
Reporting System WebinarThis presentation describes this year's reporting system for KELPA/KELPA-P scores. The recording includes a step-by-step description of the process and answers several questions posed by attendees. Recorded 1/20/2015.
ELPA Fact SheetRevised 9/30/14. Requirements, format, procedures, testing window, and reporting responsibilities for the 2015 ELP assessment are summarized here.
KELPA Examiner TrainingIn order to administer the KELPA or KELPA-P, each examiner must complete this set of self-training podcasts well in advance of actual examination dates. If preferred the training is also available on CD by request from pfarrar@ksde.org.
KELPA-P (Placement)Instructions for how to locate and use the short version of KELPA, which one of several approved screening tools to identify English Language Learners.
KSDE-Approved English Language Proficiency Screeners 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPA 
Sample Parent Letter about KELPA (Spanish version) 
Title III Accountability (AMAOs) Quick Reference 

Related Links

(ESOL) Bilingual Education Support Services (Title III) 
English Learners and State Assessments Fact Sheet"Must my English Learners take the state ELA and Math assessments?" Answers to these and other common questions about state assessment requirements for ELLs are updated annually in August.
The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)  

World Language & ESOL
Program Consultant

Phyllis Farrar
(785) 296-1891

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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